Feeding & Swallowing Therapy For Children and Adults in Frisco & McKinney, Tx
Picky eating is common in all children.
Food selectivity isn’t.
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Is your child a picky eater?
Traditional therapies, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, are well known. However, feeding treatment is a lesser-known treatment that is becoming increasingly accessible as feed issues become more recognized in our culture. There are a variety of various feeding therapy methods available across the country based on your child’s specific requirements.
Here at Summit Therapy, feeding therapy typically includes the following components:
- A child’s goal during a therapy session isn’t always to sit down and eat a whole meal. The objective of a therapy session is for the youngster to play with food in an enjoyable and stimulating way. When worry about trying something new is gone, children have the skills they need to become good eaters.
- Feeding should be FUN: It’s important to remember that feeding shouldn’t be a frightening event! Many sessions will focus on simply engaging with non-preferred foods. When a youngster understands that new or non-preferred foods don’t have to be frightening, he or she is more likely to try them (and genuinely enjoy!)
Feeding & Swallowing Therapy for Adults
Feeding therapy is the treatment of eating-related problems in children and adults. It is required when a child or adult has feeding difficulties or limitations that negatively impact their daily lives, such as not eating more than a few bites of food. Feeding therapy for adults is used for a variety of different reasons, including the following:
- Inability to chew or swallow food
- Failure to detect the flavors of food
- Difficulty swallowing due to a neurologic condition
Feeding & Swallowing Therapy for Kids
A child may go to feeding therapy for treatment if they are failing to consume at least half of their entire food group, eating tiny amounts of particular foods, having difficulty holding utensils or putting hands or other objects in their mouth while feeding themselves.
The child may also be struggling to chew or swallow solid food, or is showing signs of respiratory problems when trying to eat. Feeding therapy would help this child develop the skills needed so they can achieve a better quality of life through eating without their struggles.
What is feeding therapy?
Children who are picky eaters may be eligible for Feeding Therapy, also known as Feeding Interventions, which are designed to enhance their food selections, volume, texture, and other food-related issues. When youngsters do not get the nutrients they require to develop normally, it might be an indication of picky eating.
In some situations, a diet’s limitations may be addressed only with help. According to research, the sooner an intervention can begin, the more likely healthy eating habits will be established and maintained.
Does my child need feeding therapy?
If you’re wondering when a kid’s picky or messy eating becomes more than just a quirky habit and needs intervention, you aren’t alone. While everyone has a food that they don’t care for, feeding therapy is needed when a child fails to consume at least half of his or her entire food group or consumes only tiny amounts of particular foods.
In other words, if your child’s eating habits have an effect on your daily life (making a separate dinner for him or her to avoid a tantrum), and more importantly, his or her nutrition, it may be time to schedule a feed therapy evaluation.